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A subreddit for those looking for information, care tips, general advice on mantises. Discuss mantis and the mantiskeeping hobby. Share pictures, seek advice, trade, have a good time!

a community for mantis lovers, and owners to share pictures, articles, discuss breeding, trade nymphs and oothecas, DIY projects and everything inbetween this wonderful hobby!


10/8/2018 hello! A couple of users haven't been able to post on here. It appears that their posts don't show up after being submitted. if this is happening to you let us know so we can look into it.


The Mantis

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Subclass: Pterygota
  • Infraclass: Neoptera
  • Superorder: Dictyoptera
  • Order: Mantodea

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    Is it safe for mantises to go on planes?

    I'm going to visit my grandma in less than a month and I really want a mantis and she has mantises in her garden and I can't find one at home and there are no stores nearby that sell mantises. I have a fish tank with good ventilation and I was wondering if it'd be safe for a mantis to travel with me?

    Once I'm on the way home from visiting my grandma, It'll be a 4 and a half hour car drive to the airport. Then at the airport I'll get on a plane at 6.30AM-7.20AM. Then when I land at the next airport I'll have to wait for 40 minutes for the next plane to arrive, then when I get on the next plane it'll be from 8AM-10.10AM, then I'll have to wait for 1 hour and 25 minutes for the next plane once I land, then the next plane is from 11.35AM-12.50PM, then once I land it's a 1 hour car drive home. Would that be safe for a mantis?

    PS I know mantises can't go through the x ray at airports

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    2024/06/21
    10:43 UTC

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    New Mantis Owner

    I recently bought a dead leaf mantis, his name is Benjamin "Benji" Of course I have done a lot of research and I feel pretty confident in my abilities to provide a awesome life for him, but I would still love some tips and tricks from experienced mantis owners! So if you have some tips and tricks that isn't as common knowledge, please let me know!

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    2024/06/21
    09:50 UTC

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    Will she be fine having not eaten for 3 days??

    She just molted on the evening of 18th, today is 21st, I tried feeding her today and yesterday (she usually ate after a day or two after molts) but I guess it's taking her a while to harden now. She appears only semi-interested in food and even when she does grab a dubia she drops it after not being able to bite through its shell. I wonder if I should cut a roach in half and stick it to her mouth so she can eat the insides or just patiently wait longer?? I know they can go days without eating but she's so thin I'm worried

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    2024/06/21
    04:37 UTC

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    She just got out of her final molt and I'm not sure what her species is

    Location: Philippines Also, how long do they usually live after their final molt?

    8 Comments
    2024/06/21
    03:14 UTC

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    Help! Dad got a chinese mantid ootheca with intent to release into the garden, they hatched the other day and im very overwhelmed, needing care/overall advice on how to proceed

    Hey! So my dad got one of those chinese mantid oothecas that youre intended to put in your garden as pest control (may i add, did inform him that i didnt want to care for them and they shouldnt be released etc). Ive tried to explain that im not comfortable releasing them etc. He doesnt seem to fully understand/is irritated but thats aside the point.

    They hatched yesterday, which was exciting in the split second i realized they hatched. And then i realize how many there were, so now i am *extremely* overwhelmed.

    How do i even go about caring for them? We've never had mantids these small before ((iirc we have had 2 orchid mantids before but they were like adults). Would it be best to just, freeze the ones i dont intend to keep? If i were to what is the likelyhood of the ones i do keep surviving to adulthood?

    I currently have them all in a 15qt bin (roughly), with some fake plants and a little plastic canvas arch thing. I attempted a feeding last night (no idea how many fruit flies if any were even eaten, i have yet to see a single one actually eating anything)

    idk im at a complete loss, ive never done this before and im way more unprepared than i realized.

    any help would be monumentally appreciated. Thank you <3

    2 Comments
    2024/06/20
    23:28 UTC

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    African Mantis Limping and not eating

    I hadn't been able to feed my African Mantis (4months old) for 8days now due to issues with her food supply. I've now being trying to feed her but she won't eat at all and is now not moving much, and when she is she's slumped over and limping. Any idea what's happening and what I can do as I'm getting very worried.

    3 Comments
    2024/06/20
    22:18 UTC

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    First Timer

    Not sure which flair to add. I've attached a recent photo I took, this was a wild caught nymph (freshly hatched). I've kept the enclosure conditions well, I'm thinking we're l5 or 6 at this point. If I had to guess on the species, I'd say most likely European. Michigan based.

    Wanted to share a picture and say you've no idea how much I read here before hopping in. Y'all have some gorgeous babies!

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    2024/06/20
    13:49 UTC

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    Final molt help!

    This is how he was when I first noticed he was molting. Is this normal? He's finished I think or at least his wings legs body is out. However one of his raptor arms and part of the head is stuck in old skin. What do I do????

    3 Comments
    2024/06/20
    07:39 UTC

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    Guys, when some Mantis have wings, they're adult?

    2 Comments
    2024/06/20
    07:01 UTC

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    Help! Is my macromantis at risk of dying? (Read comment for more info) :(

    4 Comments
    2024/06/20
    02:01 UTC

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    Taking care of hatchlings

    Hey yall, I’m thinking about getting an egg sack soon but I’m worried that I’ll just kill all the mantids once that hatch. Any tips on hot to take care of the babies?

    3 Comments
    2024/06/19
    19:55 UTC

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    How to keep feeder flies?

    Hello again! I'll be getting a ghost mantis in a week or two and I know what I'll be feeding it, but what I don't know is how to keep the flies. Do I just let them live in the cup they come in and feed them with a paste or something every once and a while? How long do the feeder colonies last? I dont know how to word my problems concisely so I haven't been able to look up any videos on the subject.

    4 Comments
    2024/06/19
    19:55 UTC

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    Mantis skinny and not eating!!!

    TL;DR mantis has been refusing food for about a week

    My deadleaf mantis abdomen is super skinny but he has been refusing food for almost a week now. He’s been eating mealworms just fine for a while but all the sudden he’s refusing to eat. I’m really worried. I’m leaving for a few days tomorrow and I’m worried that if he doesn’t eat before I go he will die or something. Any help is appreciated

    3 Comments
    2024/06/19
    17:32 UTC

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    My mantis hasn't molted in 21 days

    Is this bad?

    1 Comment
    2024/06/19
    16:02 UTC

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    Does my popa spurca, Neville, look well-fed?

    https://preview.redd.it/qyb8aagdjj7d1.jpg?width=3024&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=2f195dc8c2343af6645e0759ab0a008f77e0c086

    I've never owned a mantis of this body type so I cannot yet judge if this abdomen is big or no - he doesn't want to hunt prey so I assume he's due for a molt (the timing is about right) but a small part of me wonders...

    Also - am I corretly assuming he is a male?

    4 Comments
    2024/06/19
    14:47 UTC

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    Fruit fly culture came smooshed into vial- how to safely remove?

    There's a national shortage of fruit fly cultures in Australia, and I finally managed to track down one seller, the description was "Package contains 20-25 freshly hatched flies (age 3-5days) on culture medium."

    Upon opening the parcel I saw the flies were smooshed into the medium, and I think only a few of them are alive, the rest are stuck in the medium unmoving. :(

    This is my first time buying a fruit fly culture with the live flies. Is it normal for them to be shipped without wood wool? How do I get them out of the package and into my seperate medium without squishing them? The vial opening is only a few centimetres in diameter, can't fit a teaspoon in.

    I just got nymphs that are barely 2mm and I'm praying that I'll be able to have flies to feed them.

    1 Comment
    2024/06/19
    12:40 UTC

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    Hello new friends! I’m so happy to have found other pray mantis lovers.

    Honestly I was been looking for praymantis subreddit for so long. I have so much question about our little adorable friends

    3 Comments
    2024/06/19
    11:28 UTC

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    Brown stuff left where my mantis stands too long?

    It's really hard to get a picture of this since it's on the mesh, the spots are tiny and my mantis is a i3. I've been checking on him and where ever he stands too long there's little brown spots left on the mesh that almost look like rust. Obviously it can't be rust because the mesh is fabric but I just think it's weird everywhere he walks there's a brown trail. Should I be concerned?

    1 Comment
    2024/06/19
    10:44 UTC

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